Turning pens on the lathe is a project that’s fun and, with the right instruction, easy to do. In this woodturning project, George Vondriska provides information and demonstration about tool requirements and material selections for preparing your blanks for turning, mounting your blank on the lathe, techniques for turning on the lathe, sanding and finishing, and assembly of the finished pen.

Here’s the shopping list of what you’ll need in order to get started making pens:

Blanks: Pen blanks can be cut from a variety of natural or man-made materials. You’ll need a blank, approximately 3/4-in. x 3/4-in. x 5-in.

7-mm. bit: The kits shown in this article require a 7-mm. hole in the blank, so you’ll need a 7-mm. drill bit.

CA glue: Thick cyanoacrylate glue is used to glue the pen barrels into the blank.

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